DeMar DeRozan and Bulls set for home-and-away game against Raptors

DeMar DeRozan will see plenty of his former team on Sunday when his Chicago Bulls visit the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 of a home-and-away series.

The teams will meet in Chicago on Monday.

DeRozan scored a season-high 46 points in a 123-119 loss to the Boston Celtics on Friday.

“He was just spectacular,” Bulls coach Billy Donovan said of DeRozan. “He’s got a don’t-die attitude. His scoring kept us close and gave us a chance late. He was amazing.”

The Raptors lost 111-110 to the Dallas Mavericks on Friday despite a furious comeback without Pascal Siakam, who left late in the third quarter with what the team called a sprained right groin.

“(Siakam) slipped there,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “Looks like it’s something in the groin. We’ll do the imaging and stuff.”

Toronto was already playing without Fred VanVleet (back) for the third game in a row.

The nurse said VanVleet may return soon, however.

“We had practice (Thursday), he did a full practice,” Nurse said. “I thought he would probably leave (Friday). I expect him back very soon.”

DeRozan will face the Raptors for the 11th time since being traded to the San Antonio Spurs prior to the 2018-19 season. This deal sent Kawhi Leonard to Toronto.

He is averaging 23.8 points in his 10 games against the Raptors. DeRozan played nine seasons for Toronto.

“If we have a good game from DeMar, we’re going to play him,” Zach LaVine said. “(DeRozan) was rolling.”

It wasn’t enough, however.

“Self-inflicted mistakes,” DeRozan said. “The game was all about that.”

The Bulls won three of four meetings with the Raptors last season, with the loss coming in Toronto. Over the four games, Bulls center Nikola Vucevic had 54 rebounds, averaging 13.5 per game.

The Raptors had some notable feats on Friday.

Scottie Barnes recorded his first career triple-double with 11 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

OG Anunoby, who led the Raptors with 27 points, also had five interceptions. He has 16 interceptions over the last three games.

“To me, he just looks like he’s got his groove back,” Nurse said of Anunoby. “Maybe to be in better playing form. For me, you notice how quick he is with the ball, in the gaps, in sliding the ball. It’s noticeable here in the last games.

“It’s been his thing since he came into the league, but it seems like he’s moving better and it shows on the other end as well. He gets to the rim better. Finishes better. Much more composed and balanced on the rim too.”

Chris Boucher had 17 points and nine rebounds for the Raptors on Friday and continues to bring energy when he comes off the bench. Boucher had 17 points and eight boards in Wednesday’s 143-100 win over the San Antonio Spurs.

“Chris was awesome,” Nurse said after the game in San Antonio. “He was everywhere. Sometimes he doesn’t always do the right thing but he makes up for it by continuing to play really hard. He can cover his own mistakes with his effort and his length. He was everywhere.”

Bulls reserve center Andre Drummond (sprained right shoulder) missed his fourth straight game on Friday.

–Field-Level Media

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